Date: Sunday 11th July/into Monday 12th July - 12:00pm - 1:00am
Location - Red Street, Southfleet
Elderly woman awoke in the night and looked out of window towards garden (large, 300ft long garden - surrounded by fields), security light came on, and sitting in garden around 50 ft away was a large cat, fawn-tan in colour with a long thick tail. The witness identified the cat as a puma. The animal walked across the garden towards the direction of the nearby duck pond.
One week previous a woman walking with her children through woods at Cobham, 2pm - when a large, fawn-coloured cat crossed their path about twenty-feet away. Animal was around five-feet in length with a long, curving tail. Around the same time at Windmill Street, Gravesend, an elderly couple observed a black leopard which walked along the street during the early hours of the morning.
A local man named Ed stated that whilst driving through Higham recently a wild boar crossed the road and headed towards marshes. Boar were kept on farms throughout Kent in the 1980s and when the 1987 great storm swept through the county, animals such as boar and wallabies escaped. Boar are now well established in the UK countryside.
Sunday, 4 July 2010
When Neil Arnold was asked to write a book on London's most perplexing mysteries, he was keen to speak of sightings of large, exotic cats around the capital. Of course, such animals are far removed from the world of the paranormal, but he was keen to inform the readership as to how such animals are always slotted alongside UFOs and ghosts.
'PARANORMAL LONDON' is Neil Arnold's new book, published by The History Press and acts as a strange safari through the concrete jungle, and features several short stories pertaining to flesh and blood mystery animals, as well as ghostly animals which litter London lore. The 'beast' of Bexley gets a mention, as does the Edgware tiger, the Winchmore Hill lioness, the Cricklewood lynx and many others. Clearly, these animals are not ghostly, or in any way paranormal, as was proven in 2001 with the capture of a lynx in a back garden in the capital, however, the publishers were keen to mention tales of large cats, even if they had to be slotted alongside reports of hellhounds, a phantom ape and UFOs.
'PARANORMAL LONDON' looks at obscure monster stories never previously published before, as well as more common London mysteries.
The book is available from Amazon and all good bookshops priced £9.99.
Coming soon...PARANORMAL KENT - Autumn 2010.